Commercial, Multifamily Delinquency Rates Climb Slightly in Q4


Delinquency rates for mortgages backed by commercial and multifamily properties increased slightly through the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association‘s (MBA) latest CREF Loan Performance Survey.

“Commercial and multifamily mortgages continued to perform well through the fourth quarter of 2022, albeit with a slight increase in the share of loans that are delinquent,” says Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s head of commercial real estate research. “Delinquency rates increased by small amounts for most property types even while the overall rate of delinquency remains low.”

The balance of commercial and multifamily mortgages that are not current increased in December 2022 (compared to September 2022). Of outstanding loan balances, 98% were current or less than 30 days late at the end of the fourth quarter, down from 98.3% at the end of the third quarter of 2022. Additionally, 1.6% were 90+ days delinquent or in REO, up from 1.4% six months earlier, while 0.1% were 60-90 days delinquent, unchanged from the previous quarter. In addition, 0.3% were 30-60 days delinquent, up from 0.2%.

Loans backed by lodging and retail properties continue to see the greatest stress.  Both also saw upticks in delinquency rates. Of the balance of lodging loans, 6.1% were 30 days or more delinquent, up from 5.5% at the end of September 2022. For other types of loans, 5.4% of balance of retail loan balances were delinquent, up from 5.3%; 1.6% of the balance of office property loans were delinquent, up from 1.5%; 0.3% of the balance of industrial property loans were delinquent, down from 0.6%; and 0.5% of multifamily balances were delinquent, up from 0.4%.

Because of the concentration of hotel and retail loans, CMBS loan delinquency rates are higher than other capital sources, but they also saw improvement. Of CMBS loan balances, 3.2% were 30 days or more delinquent, down from 3.3% in September 2022.

Non-current rates for other capital sources were more moderate.

In addition, 0.8% of FHA multifamily and health care loan balances were 30 days or more delinquent, up from 0.6%; 0.4% of life company loan balances were delinquent, flat from 0.4%; and 0.2% of GSE loan balances were delinquent, down from 0.3%.

MBA’s CREF Loan Performance survey collected information on commercial and multifamily mortgage portfolios as of December 31, 2022. This month’s results build on similar surveys conducted since April 2020. Participants reported on $2.4 trillion of loans in December 2022, representing more than half of the total $4.4 trillion in commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding (MDO).

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